You might be seeing dollar signs as you envision your invention heading to market. What you likely aren't thinking is just how costly the process can be. Here are number of resources that can trim the costs of bringing an invention to fruition.
Inventors' enthusiasm and passion for their inventions, coupled with their lack of knowledge about the process, make them attractive targets for scam artists. Here's how to protect yourself from slick radio and TV ads promising help to inventors.
Filing for a patent can be very labor intensive. Should you do it yourself or enlist help? How do you do a patent search? Here is Inc.'s step-by-step guide to the complicated legal process of filing for a patent.
Once you've received patent protection, enforcing it is mostly your job. How do you root out violators, counterfeiters and competitors? What do you do if someone steals your intellectual property? Can you protect your idea overseas? Find out how.
What are online market research tools? From web searches and online questionnaires to customer feedback forms – these can all help you gather information about your market, your customers, and your future business prospects. Find out how.
What do customers want? Small business owners may think they know, but you may be surprised by what market research can reveal. Find out why you should conduct market research and how to profit from doing it successfully.